Foot Care 101: A Guide to Home Care

Foot Care 101: A Guide to Home Care

By Dr Ken Lefkowitz

Executing proper home care is the best thing you can do for your feet in the time between your visits to a #podiatrist. It is important that you take the time every day to pay special attention to your feet. Many people forget how necessary the feet are to everything we do, and they won’t become any healthier as we age. Home care can prevent the years of wear and tear on your feet from affecting the quality of life in your later years.

One beneficial routine that is easy to begin including every day is washing your feet with mild soap and warm water. Following this, you should always completely dry your feet with a soft towel. Make sure you dry in between the toes, because many people forget to do this, opening the door to a fungal infection. You should remember to moisturize the heel, top, sides, and bottoms of your feet, but never in between the toes. After washing and moisturizing your feet, you should put on clean socks that wick away moisture.

You should inspect your feet every single day to monitor for things such as swelling, redness, cracks, red streaks, pale or blue skin, open sores, or sensations that you don’t normally experience. These could be the tell-tale signs of infection, nerve damage, and/or poor circulation. If you notice any of these things, you must see a podiatrist at once (especially if you are diabetic). Also look out for ingrown toenails, corns, calluses, and fungus to have them treated by your podiatrist. Seeking treatment can avoid permanent damage to your feet.

If you have home care questions or would like to receive the area’s top treatment for some of the aforementioned concerns and conditions, visit us at our Doylestown office, Quality Foot Care. Call 215-230-9707 to make an appointment and learn the daily foot care routines that can ensure the lifelong health of your feet.

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